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The Humboldt County Economic Development Division (GoHumCo) is taking to the streets to solicit community input for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 2023-2027.

Community feedback is essential in designing a roadmap to our mutual prosperity. That’s why we bring together community members, neighbors, other business owners, and community leaders to share their perspectives on the fundamental issues and key opportunities facing us as a county. Plus, you can share community successes and wishes for your region or the county as a whole. The finalized CEDS document will offer an in-depth analysis of our region’s strengths and identify gaps in our equity, infrastructure and economy that need to be addressed. It will provide us with an overview of a regional action plan, economic resilience measures and performance indicators to track our progress.

Humboldt County’s economic landscape has changed dramatically over the past five years. While a global pandemic, environmental concerns, and infrastructure gaps have led to urgent situations that must be addressed, our county has also seen tremendous growth and opportunities that we must take heed of. The CEDS must be a technically sound plan for Humboldt to qualify for funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency (EDA). It will be a vehicle for regional collaboration and conversation about our region, where we are now and how we want to move forward.

Illuminated Marketing and the Humboldt County Economic Development Division will host six community events throughout the county to hear your views on the area’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The tours will allow citizens to express themselves on the Global Economic Development Strategy 2023-2027. For those unable to attend in person, we will be hosting an additional community event on zoom for those unable to attend in person or complete online surveys at

After the community tours, industry and community leaders can respond to community findings and inform the CEDS process with their analysts as industry and community leaders. We will use data collected by the community and integrate it with data from industry and community leaders. The important first step, however, is for industry and community leaders to attend our community roadshows. We want you to engage with members of your community, to be united in one region and to spend time with the county as we take the county out of the county and into the county.

Humboldt Rising Roadshows are a way to share that you know your community is winning and desires your region’s weaknesses and the threats your region faces. Data will be collected from community surveys and studies to create the draft CEDS document. Then, in the spring of 2023, the information will be presented to the community for final input to ensure that the data collected is an accurate representation of the landscape of our county’s strengths in our region and to identify gaps in our equity, infrastructure and our economy that needs to be addressed.

Save the dates for: Southern Humboldt, Aug. 24 at Redwood Playhouse, Eel River Valley, Aug. 29 at River Lodge Conference Center, North County, Aug. 30 at Azalea Hall, Greater Eureka Area & Humboldt Bay, Sept. 7 at Center conference Eureka Sequoia, Orick area in Trinidad, Sept. 8 at Trinidad City Hall and Willow Creek area in Hoopa, Sept. 9 at Willow Creek Vets Hall. Doors to the Humboldt Rising Roadshow open at 5:30 p.m. and will be a lively 90-minute conversation. For any questions, please visit

Dianna Rios is Economic Development Coordinator for Humboldt County.

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